Meet the 2021 Riotous Youth

Riotous Youth is a paid, post-secondary internship, designed for young people either beginning or considering a career in theatre. The program combines training and experience in teaching artistry, Shakespeare performance, and involvement in special events at our Festival. In 2020, the Riotous Youth program has evolved to continue within the unique constraints of the Festival cancellation.

2021 Riotous Youth

Colton Bamber

Colton Bamber

Colton is currently enrolled in the Musical Theatre Diploma Program at Capilano University and is thrilled to be a part of the Riotous Youth 2021. His recent credits include Arbutus Studio's production of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy) and CapU Theatre's production of Into The Woods (The Wolf). Aside from theatre, he has several years of martial arts and dance training, and has recently developed a prominent interest in fashion. He is so grateful to have had the opportunity to partake in live theatre this past year and is beyond excited and honoured to experience, create, and learn from the Bard community this summer!

Reese Cowley

Reese Cowley

Reese is an actor, aspiring playwright and director, and lover of Shakespeare. She was born and raised in New Westminster, B.C. and is entering her fourth year in the joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Recent credits at U of T include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/ Hippolyta) directed by Keira Loughran, and From The Ground Up, the third year devised project directed by Rob Kempson. Reese was a Young Shakespearean herself in summer 2017 and is passionate about working with young people and making Shakespeare more accessible. She is incredibly excited to be a part of Riotous Youth 2021 and is honoured to have the privilege to work with such extraordinary and creative people!

Alissa Grams

Alissa Grams

Alissa Grams is very excited to be returning to Bard on the Beach as a Riotous Youth for a second summer. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts with Capilano University. Ali has loved immersing herself in the worlds of Shakespeare since she was young, and is proud to be learning and creating with Bard on the Beach.

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson is an actor and visual artist from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is going into his fourth year of the Theatre and Drama Studies specialist program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. He was also a member of Soulpepper Theatre Company's 2018 City Youth Academy and recently appeared as a feature in an episode of "If I Should Die" on the Discovery Channel. He also runs his own art business and specializes in photorealistic drawings and oil paintings. He's excited to be working with Bard on the Beach this summer as the theatre industry continues to adapt and thrive.

Anna Matthew

Anna Matthew

Anna is excited to be a returning 2021 Riotous Youth at Bard on the Beach. Anna has volunteered in the arts for many years, recently being a production manager for the IGNITE! Youth Festival. Anna is a ceramic artist, currently in her 2nd year of a BFA majoring in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University and has created her own home studio. Having been a Young Shakespearian since the age of eight, she is thrilled to be able to share her joy and knowledge of Shakespeare with the Young Shakespeareans this summer. Passionate about live theatre, she has spent the past three summers become Covid-19 travelling to London and New York to see over 25 shows.

Lara Mullings

Lara Mullings

Lara was born in Nottingham, UK, and moved to Canada when she was 2. She has loved theatre her entire life and began attending Bard on The Beach in grade 7 after seeing “a midsummer nights dream” with her school. Lara has previously studied Musical theatre performance at Clarendon College in Manchester, U.K. and is currently in training at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She is super excited to be a part of riotous youth this summer!

Sunshine O’Donovan

Sunshine O’Donovan

Sunshine is an author, actor, and aspiring playwright. With previous experience as a Young Shakespearean and as a Riotous Youth, Sunshine believes that Shakespeare's villains are very human. She is curious to explore diverse ways to play with Shakespeare's words. In her free time, she enjoys building things, listening to podcasts, and riding her bike. She is excited about sharing her passion for Shakespeare, especially this year, because the Bard's words inspire, comfort, and challenge us when we need them most.

Roshni Rakshit

Roshni Rakshit

Roshni is an actor, born and raised in India and currently based in Vancouver. Her love for acting stems from her love for cinema, but her love for theatre started when read Shakespeare's Hamlet for the first time. Multiple iterations of the play later, she is still smitten and deeply enthusiastic about theatre acting. She has been a part of SFU's Theatre cohort and has acted in plays such as Antigone, The Seagull and Stupid Fucking Bird. She has also devised her own characters and their own play, while being a part of the program. She is graduating soon from SFU, and is eager to start a career in theatre and acting.